Dear angel ever at my side, How loving must thou beAuthor: Frederick William Faber
Published in 51 hymnals
Dear Angel! ever at my side. F. W. Faber. [The Guardian Angel.] Appeared in his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1849, and his Hymns, 1862, in 13 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in use in an abbreviated form in various Roman Catholic hymnals for Schools and Missions. In some collections stanzas i.-vi., somewhat altered, and with the addition of a doxology, are given as: "Dear Jesus, ever at Thy side." It is in the Plymouth Collection, 1855, and other American hymnbooks, in addition to the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, and other English hymnals. In the Methodist S. Scholars' Hymn Book, 1870, the opening line is "Bless’d Jesus, ever at my side;" whilst in one or two collections it is again changed to “Dear Saviour, ever at my side." This last is almost confined to America. The object of these changes is to adapt a Roman Catholic hymn for Protestant use by substituting our Blessed Lord for "the Guardian Angel.”
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Dear Angel! ever at my side , p. 283, ii. This is in Faber's St. Wilfrid's Hymns, 1849, p. 25, and entitled, "To my Guardian Angel. For the School Children."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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